My Forum Comments
Since writing my initial post i have titrated up to 70mg of Elvanse, it’s the maximum dose but my titration nurse was comfortable issuing it.
Like many, i was expecting a complete change in myself from starting the meds a few months ago but was a little bit disappointed. However since starting them i have also improved my lifestyle in other areas… i’ve quit (well, paused) drinking alcohol, i’m hitting the gym 3 x times a week, i’ve introduced 5-minute ‘dopamine breaks’ in my daily schedule, i’ve changed my diet – cutting out all processed food and focusing on healthy balanced meals (the odd pizza now and again still allowed!) and i’ve started drinking 2-3 litres of water (from drinking practically none before). This has all made a much bigger impact than taking meds alone.
I’m still not 100% convinced Elvanse is the most effective drug for me but i’m going to stick with it for 6 months now i’ve completed my titration and possibly review after that. I’m also going to add in a short 3 day meds vacation at some point to gauge what effect the meds are having.
This ADDitude article i came across recently was useful:
Hi Violetg and apologies for the late reply, i was unable to post on the forum for a while due to a technical hitch at ADDitude… all sorted now though i hope.
Thanks for the advice, on your recommendation i went out and bought a copy of Allen Carr’s ‘The Easy Way to Control Alcohol’ (i thought it was the comedian at first too haha!) and look forward to reading it, i’m currently close to finishing Peter Shankman’s ‘Faster Than Normal’ which has been a great intro to my new normal and has some good advice on ADHD related alcohol problems too. He also talks a lot about understanding your triggers and building strategies for dealing with them.
I’ve also just started my fortnightly coaching session with a psychological therapist (as part of my recent diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan) and we will also be covering alcohol related problems, yay!
Although nothing quite relieves my overworking brain at the end of a working and parenting day like alcohol does, i’m starting to have hope that as my support networks grow (coaching, forums, adhd communities etc.) and my knowledge on the subject improves through reading i’ll be in a good place and positive mindset to cut-down and maybe even eventually live a life without alcohol and be all the fitter and happier for it.
Yes the lockdown has certainly seen an increase in my drinking too.
I will ask my GP about Naltrexone thanks, as i’m only just starting the ADHD meds and still in the titration phase i imagine they’ll probably want to avoid introducing anything else into the mix just now.
I’m curious, as Naltrexone / The Sinclair Method simply reduces the desire for alcohol, that still leaves me with the problem that my ADHD brain will get ‘noisy’ again as my meds wear off in the afternoon… typically the reason i will reach for a drink (and of course ADHD being the same reason i can’t say no to another one or five after).
Has anyone had success with other means of relaxation that might go someway to replicating or replacing the calming effects that alcohol has on the ADHD brain?
I’ve tried a few obvious things in the past pre-diagnosis (mindfulness, yoga, herbal tea etc.) but they’re just not for me.